American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193264 (stock #1607fa)
Old Friends
$275.00
Durgin's "Marechal Niel" offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of the rose which is its namesake. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and back sides of the handle. This group of eight matching, 5 13/16" long, just over 6.9 T. oz., teaspoons are without monograms or removals and are in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever. They have well-shaped bowls free of dings, dents, or scratches and the overall finishes are brilliant...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1241720 (stock #1997f)
Old Friends
$280.00
This set of eight, matched, teaspoons in Gorham's "Old Medici" are early items, stamped with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted."

Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.

"Old Medici" is a dense, figural design that is subject to polishing wear. These retain all the intricacy of their original production, showing only minimal evidence of use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1189337 (stock #1571fl)
Old Friends
$85.00
Having hexagonal bases and walls leading to rounded tops, each of these identical individual nut (or candy) dishes has a top diameter of 1 5/8", a base width of 1", and stands 1/2" high. The group together weigh 1.8 T. oz. All the interiors are finished in a gold wash. Marked only "Sterling" on the undersides, there is no identification as to maker, but they are clearly American. Their hammered surfaces done in the Arts & Crafts style suggests a date in the first quarter of the 20th century...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1210246 (stock #1744f)
Old Friends
$245.00
Each of these eight egg (or could be used for ice cream) spoons is lengthy at 5 5/8", while the group weighs 5.4 T. oz. They all match and carry the same Old English "E.L.F." monogram. Five of them are stamped "Wm. Gale & Son," and three are stamped only "Sterling."

The pattern is a knot (similar to "Le Cordon") and leaf design dating c. 1860...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1199399 (stock #1660f)
Old Friends
$240.00
Dating from 1875, Wood & Hughes' "Cellini" falls into the Renaissance Revival style that was popular in the period. This set of matching ice cream spoons measure 5 9/16" long each and weigh 4.7 T. oz. the set. They have ovoid bowls with flanged rims and matte finish interiors. Both sides of the bowls had gold washes, with the backsides retaining more of this detail than the fronts. There are no monograms or removals and the condition of all eight pieces is flawless...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1207529 (stock #1726f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Produced by a number of manufacturers, "Jenny Lind" is most associated with, and attributed to, New York's Albert Coles.

This 7 5/16" long, coin silver master butter knife in the Jenny Lind pattern was made by Coles, and bears his three part pseudo hallmark on the backside of the blade. The front side is stamped with the retailer's name, "Jas. H. Hart & Co." operating under this name 1857-62 in Brooklyn, New York...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1138062 (stock #1170f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Frank Whiting produced a number of lesser known but innovative designs in the late 19th century, and "Esther" is one of them. Utilizing a scroll and leaf motif, the pattern has strong Aesthetic elements...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1240837 (stock #1989f)
Old Friends
$1,350.00
Stamped "Warner" and "11-2" on the underside, this footed bowl traces to Baltimore and dates somewhere in the last third of the 19th century. "11-2" is one of several idiosyncratic Baltimore standard marks, which in this case indicates a silver content marginally higher than sterling.

Andrew Ellicott Warner, and his son of the same name who made this piece, stand forward as one of the most prominent names in silversmithing in a city known for that trade, and the basis for their high reputat...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1213082 (stock #1768f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Easily fitting into a pocket or purse, small folding knives were popular 19th century items dating from the 1840's or so forward. Often mangled or otherwise damaged, this mid century, single blade example by New York's Albert Coles is in excellent condition.

It measures 3" long when closed and 5 1/2" when open. The handle has a lined and scrolled border.

The blade is stamped with with Coles' three part pseudo hallmark. Neither the handle nor the blade has a monogram or removal.

Th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1242990 (stock #2008mt)
Old Friends
$575.00
Produced in the mid 19th century and stamped on the blade with Albert Coles' (New York City) three part pseudo hallmark, this all coin silver fish slice measures 12" long and weighs 4.0 T. oz. The weight includes the fill in the hollow handle.

The elaborate "dolphin-like fish with scales" pattern on the handle is one identified with Coles. A pair of animals entwine with one another, with a smaller fish placed between the larger two's tails.

The handle was paired with a variety of blade...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1078591 (stock #785f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Card cases were fashionable items in the 19th century, and this coin silver one made c. 1860 by Albert Coles of New York would have made a notable statement for its owner. It measures 3 3/8" by 2 3/8" by 1/8". Both sides of the piece are intricately engraved with ivy and lotus or palmetto leaf detailing, which are motifs that would have been especially popular at the time. The work is impressive enough to bring it to the edge between craft and artistry. There is a reserve on each side, one o...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #942434 (stock #584b)
Old Friends
$225.00
This coin silver cheese scoop in Albert Coles' (NY) Jenny Lind stands apart on several counts. First, it is a form not usually seen by this maker. Second, it is in a form that pairs a solid shank with a hollow handle. While examples of this routinely show up in master butter knives, youth and pickle sets, and tea knives, this pairing in a substantial serving item is quite out of the ordinary. It is completely original, and self-evidently so, with the maker's mark stamped on the shank, and a ...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1197760 (stock #1645fb)
Old Friends
$625.00
This 8 5/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., coin silver berry or serving spoon was produced by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part hallmark appears on the backside of the handle. Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the strong period interest in Classicism. The end of the handle portrays a highly articulated, multidimensional warrior bust set atop a pediment base. This has a flat backside, and although hollow, of substantial thickness. The central part of the shank is tubular and faceted. There are two...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1233142 (stock #1924f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Patented in 1903, "Nuremberg" appears to have borrowed some of the body of skills that generated such other enduring Alvin Art Nouveau designs as "Raphael," and "Old Orange Blossom," but takes those elements in a different direction.

The central feature of the pattern is a satyr's face that occupies the portion just below the reserve located on the slightly upturned end of the handle. Such imagery may be connected to 16th sculpture subjects associated with this German city.

This example...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1244635 (stock #2023f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this early 20th century sugar spoon is decidedly Art Nouveau in style. It features a full bloom lily at the terminus of the handle, and an iris midway up. Leaves and tendrils complete the design on the front and extend to the backside. It is without a monogram or removal.

The bowl is a modified shell form with a scalloped end and slightly flanged edges.

It is stamped "Sterling" but the maker's mark is rubbed, leaving the formal pattern name in...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1900 item #1245264 (stock #2028f)
Old Friends
$25.00
Abraham and William Wood "operated a solid silverware manufacturing business in New York City between 1849 and 1871" according to Dorothy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." Coles and Reynolds was a successor firm and that operation was eventually bought out by George Shiebler, so the business lineage was lengthy and significant.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., oversize tea or possibly youth spoon is an example of the firm's rarely found "Lily" patte...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1154559 (stock #1300fb)
Old Friends
$28.00
This silver bon bon or nut spoon measures 5 3/8" long and weighs .5 T. oz. The pattern is "Poppy" by Baker-Manchester. Poppy is an early 20th century, Art Nouveau design of considerable appeal. This has a three section bowl with a scalloped edge, flanged rim. This is in exceptionally fine condition, showing no wear or damage, and having a fine finish. Marks are the Baker-Manchester "M" flanged by birds, and the word "Sterling."
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1178404 (stock #1485f)
Old Friends
$85.00
"Prince Albert" is a design that is attributed to Michael Gibney, but which shows up in the marketplace under various nameplates (Gibney rarely marked his own work). Indeed this exceptionally long, 8 1/8", and heavy, 2.3 T. oz., fork is stamped "Ball, Tompkins & Black." A firm of high standing, successors to Marquand & Co. in 1839 before becoming "Ball, Black & Co." in 1851, it may have enjoyed a particularly close business connection with Gibney. The entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of Ame...
 
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